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Posted on Saturday, February 08, 2014 - 4:54 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My 20 year old daughter has been reacting to MSG all of her life. If we ate at a restaurant we were looking for a bathroom on the way home (diarrhea). She went through bouts of diarrhea, constipation and vomiting all of her life. She had a upper GI and colonoscopy when she was 14 years old. She has had rounds of blood work and tried different prescriptions. About 4 years ago (when she was 16 and independently mobile) she broke out in hives. Looking back she was eating more fast food (mostly Bojangles). She has almost always had hives since then - at times her entire body covered in raised large and small patches of a angry, itchy rash. At first a round of steriods would make the hives stop but eventually they didn't help. She has seen our family doctor dozens of times and a allergy specialist and had extensive testing done...which never showed anything conclusive. She was always sick...colds, achy flu like symptoms, sinus infections, pink eye, UTI's, etc. One morning she came to me and I had to look away - her eyes were swollen/crusty, her nose was packed with green snot and she was covered in hives. That was a turning point and what led me to this site. I have purchased Debby's book and we are doing our best to eat MSG free. My sweet girl has been almost hive free. She is feeling good and she looks healthy. My sincere thanks to Debby and all of you! By the way - if you wonder if I feel guilty about not catching on sooner? - YES! I feel like a idiot and am so angry with myself and the doctors we paid so much money to AND that our food is laced with MSG GARBAGE!
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Posted on Saturday, February 08, 2014 - 6:04 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)


You can't beat yourself up...we all get it, we have been there. (I'm going through the same thing with mold toxins right did I not see it sooner, etc...but it's a trap and not a healthy one to think that way.) All you can do is act on what you know now. We are told by our culture that we are nuts to worry about MSG, that it's not a real issue. Bucking the system and being the crazy person is not an easy transition to make :-)

Good luck on your journey. And I say that, because it *is* a journey. One thing you will likely find is that the more she removes, the more sensitive she will become to what is left in her diet. It's natural. Don't worry, you will reach equilibrium and it won't feel so hard after a while. Food will become your friend again, and after a while the feeling that there is nothing safe and all food is scary (which is also common)will abate, at least it did for us.

Also I hope you don't fall into the trap that I did, of thinking you are only doing this for her. I realized I had already been sensitive and just didn't know it, and triggered a really bad sensitivity by ignoring my diet while cleaning up my son's. Especially if she is your biological child, I encourage you to stay MSG-free even when you are eating separately.

Anyway, sounds like you are on the right track but you can only do what you know to do...if you wouldn't put those feelings of guilt on your daughter, don't put them on yourself either! :-)
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Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 - 5:34 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thank you for the encouragement Lisa!

Our entire family is living MSG free! I was never one to buy a lot of processed foods - I have always cooked. Once my daughter became more independent she was eating a lot of fast food. Once I realized what was causing her to be so sick she jumped on the bandwagon and is doing great at avoiding MSG! My younger daughter is ADHD and a junk food's been harder getting her to join in :-)...she'll get there. I have been experiencing all day long headaches that I can not shake no matter what I take. Since we've gone MSG free my headaches are gone. I've come to realize how sensitive I am to MSG.

It's still difficult to navigate through the grocery store but I rely heavily on fresh produce and I put in the extra time to cook from scratch.

I'm looking forward to getting past the "all food is scary" place :-)

Thank you,
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Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 8:17 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Glad she figured it out at 20... I was 33. So many years in poor health, and so many of the same symptoms.

Cooking from scratch is great. I finally mastered Worcestershire sauce a few weeks ago.

I remember being *so* angry when I first found out...when you discover that something you absolutely depend on for basic survival is suspect, it's almost impossible to not get upset. But it's not so bad: there really isn't anything you can't cook from scratch. Though the effort occasionally won't be worth it. My example is beef Wellington, with every single ingredient cooked from scratch. It was OK, better than frozen, but not worth the effort....unless I could get paid. :-)

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